This page includes a number of useful links for botanical artists and those interested in botanical art. The links include other botanical art organizations, online exhibits of botanical art, as well as a number of botanical gardens and arboretums to provide inspiration.
Botanical arts organizations
- American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)), SWSBA’s parent organization
- Websites for other chapters of ASBA can be found on the ASBA website
- There is also a Southwest Society of Botanical Artists in the United Kingdom with very similar goals as SWSBA in the United States
Online Botanical Art Exhibits
- The Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program is sponsored by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS). The Florilegium Program sponsors a number of illustration programs focused on the desert plants of the Sonoran Desert, and their website includes a wealth of wonderful art as well as links of interest to botanical artists and fans of botanical art.
- The Shirley Sherwood Collection, based at Kew Gardens in London, is an extraordinary collection of botanical art collected by Shirley Sherwood.
Botanical Gardens and Arboretums
- The Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is one of the world’s top gardens focusing on desert plants. SWSBA artists have strong ties to the DBG and have worked closely with the staff of the garden’s herbarium.
- The Tucson Botanical Gardens is small in area, but packs in a wide variety of garden settings, an art gallery and a bistro.
- The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, located just west of Tucson, AZ, is often thought of as a zoo, but it is also a botanical garden, an art gallery and a restaurant. The museum has a thriving Art Institute.
- The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest arboretum in Arizona, and it is a lot more than just trees, including a number of fine gardens.
- Tohono Chul Botanical Garden in North Tucson has a number of lovely gardens as well as an art gallery and bistro.
- The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum proves that the University is more than the traditional center of learning and research. The main campus in Tucson is considered an arboretum, with a large selection of trees from arid and semi-arid climates from around the world. The UA Campus Arboretum is a recognized member of the American Public Garden Association. The Campus Arboretum is also home the the Krutch Garden, focusing on Sonoran Desert plants. University of Arizona also has a herbarium.
- The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona is 200 acres of wild and cultivated land focusing on the plants of the Colorado Plateau.
- The Mission Garden in Tucson, AZ, is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants.
Conservation & Cultural Organizations
- The Natural History Institute in Prescott, AZ has its own herbarium, and concentrates on the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona. It has a wide variety of educational and research activities, as well as a Gallery which housed SWSBA’s exhibit “Arizona Originals” in early 2020.
- Audubon Arizona is well know for its work on bird conservation and has partnered with SWSBA on projects.
- The North Mountain Visitor Center, Phoenix, AZ is part of Phoenix’s extensive park system. This visitor center includes a permanent exhibit of botanical illustrations of plants in the park. The illustrations were largely done by SWSBA members.
- The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance supports organizations and the people of Arizona to protect and care for natural, open spaces that serve our communities and protect the habitat of the Sonoran Desert in Central Arizona.